SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

4 Factors That Can Make Your Emergency Preparedness Plan More Effective

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

A workplace emergency is a situation that threatens workers, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Emergencies may be natural or man-made, and may include hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter weather, chemical spills, explosions, and many other hazards. Many types of emergencies can be anticipated in the planning process, which can help employers and workers plan for other unpredictable situations.

June is National Safety Month, and week one focuses on Emergency Preparedness. In the workplace, a variety of hazards can occur as a result of natural disasters and emergencies. For those working in the impacted area, it is vital to be prepared for an emergency by ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary supplies, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. A solid emergency preparedness plan allows for more seamless communication and execution which can reduce serious injuries and fatalities.


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3 Ways to Make Your Safety Stand-Down More Powerful

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These workplace injuries and deaths are preventable. In honor of OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in the construction industry this week, we'd like to support these efforts by suggesting three ways to reinforce your stand-down efforts. By understanding your psychological characteristics and tendencies, you are more easily able to maintain a safe workplace and make the most out of this campaign.


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Improve Driver Safety by Understanding What Puts You at Risk

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you own or lease a vehicle, I want you to take a moment to think about the last time you drove your car.  Maybe it was just a few hours ago.  You probably took a few moments during the drive to change the station on your stereo, adjust the temperature, or maybe to look at your navigation device.  Each one of those small, everyday driving habits was a distracted driving moment during which you were significantly more at risk of being involved in an automobile accident.  In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”  So anytime you are doing any of these activities, you become a distracted driver. 


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3 Ways Safety Leaders Succeed in Fostering a Safe Workplace

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Many organizations and safety leaders expend significant time and money putting together safety programs and training to foster a safer culture. Unfortunately, these programs often fail, resulting in significant injuries, inefficiencies, and costs to the organization. One of the reasons for these failures is that these traditional approaches cannot account for an important factor – the unique psychological differences between individuals when it comes to safety.


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A Research-Based Strategy to Reduce Safety Incidents in the Workplace

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

Each year, thousands are killed while working on the job and even more are injured or have a close call that could result in injury. An appendage to those tragic events is the fact that organizations lose thousands and even millions of dollars due to these safety incidents. OSHA has stated:


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4 Psychological Safety Traits that Impact ISO 45001 Implementation

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you’re in charge of OHS at your workplace, you’ve probably considered whether the new ISO 45001 standard makes sense for your company. You’ve likely read about it or heard people in the industry discussing it. Or you may be wondering whether your company is ready for the requirements and the process involved. There are several factors which can impact the implementation and eventual success of any ISO standard within an organization, such as its size, nature of operations, current OHS policies, or available resources. However, one factor you will not typically hear about is arguably the most important – the people who make up the organization.


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ISO 45001 is Finally Here – Can Your Safety Culture Support It?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

It’s finally here! What many safety professionals have been eagerly awaiting for years: ISO 45001. Released just a week ago, this is the first set of ISO standards that will be specifically dedicated to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Just as ISO 9001 provides a consistent standard for quality management systems, ISO 45001 offers a consistent framework for how any organization can implement an effective safety management system regardless of its size, industry, or location on the globe. Indeed, it has the potential to be a game-changer in safety across the globe for years to come.


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The Journey to an Injury Free Workplace: 4 Best Practices

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

good way to experience the best safety practices/programs across industries and organizations is to see them first hand. Sitting down with those who lead them provides an honest perspective on the work involved in transforming a site’s safety culture. This blog summarizes years of safety transformation work. Last week we reviewed four considerations required for a journey to an injury-free workplace. Now we will look at the innovative approaches that leading companies are taking to deal with these four factors.  

Most companies have reasonable safety programs in place. They do a good job in both their new hire safety onboarding process and reinforcing safety through their ongoing training programs. Many companies make employees sign a document stating they understand what is expected and will comply. Better companies do not stop there and turn their focus on the likelihood that employees will do what they were trained to do. How? 


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Can Safety Training Help You See Differently?

Posted by  Terry Weston, CSP, CMSP

We’ve all heard the adage, “No two people are alike,” and from a personal safety perspective this has never been truer. Recent research proves that perceptions of workplace risks vary greatly from employee to employee. Yet our workplace policies are designed to be commonly understood and followed by all regardless of how differently individuals perceive risk. Safety professionals will agree: the tendency to bend safety rules or exhibit risky behavior is unique to each individual worker. In the workplace, it shows day after day in workers who always take proper precautions and also in those who never consistently wear their PPE.

As a safety professional who has spent two decades training others to identify workplace exposures, and how to mitigate those risks, I am convinced we need to rethink our approach to safety training. Consider the following:


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Systems vs the Individual: How Safety Traits can Keep You on Track

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

It’s not easy to be Amtrak right now. Talk about a rough stretch…three major accidents in the past two months alone. First, in December 2017, a Cascades train traveling from Seattle to Portland came to an abrupt halt, derailing off a bridge and onto a busy highway. Then, a chartered Amtrak train traveling through Virginia collided with a garbage truck. Most recently, an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a freight train in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, these are just the most recent incidents…barely three years ago was one of the largest train derailments in history: the Philadelphia Amtrak crash, which killed eight people and left 180 injured. How can we prevent these accidents?


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